Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is arguably the best defensive player in the NHL, but it was a display of offensive skill from the star defenseman on Sunday that made hockey fans everywhere jump out of their seats with excitement.
Chara took a pass from Brad Marchand in the attacking zone, did a 360-degree spin to move past Jonathan Huberdeau and then roofed a backhand shot past Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom. It's not easy to score a goal that pretty when you are the tallest player in league history (6'9").
After watching this incredible goal, it's easy to understand why the Panthers rank 30th in goals against.
When Marchand made his pass to Chara, all five Panthers players were on the same side of the ice, which allowed the Bruins defenseman to have plenty of room to show off his extraordinary talent.
Chara hasn't made a huge impact offensively this season, but his goal on Sunday has given him a three-game point streak for the second time this year.
Coming into this weekend's matchup with the Panthers, Chara had scored two goals with five assists through 14 games.
His performance in the first period against the Panthers was probably the best 20 minutes of hockey he has played in 2013.
Was this goal from Chara the best of the NHL season thus far? Share your thoughts in the comments second below.
H/T to Dafoomie for the video.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs in Boston. Nick has also covered the Bruins since the 2010-11 season.